CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — It was a beautiful day in the Scenic City, just right for an Ironman World Champion to bring in a win.
Ironman 70.3 World Championship competitions kicked-off early Saturday morning with the women’s round.
The 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run brought in athletes from all over.
In fact, the top five finishers were all from different countries.
Daniela Ryf from Switzerland takes in first place finishing in 4:11:59. Emma Pallant from the United Kingdom came in around six minutes after.
Ryf is no stranger to being an Ironman champion. This is the third time she has won the 70.3 Worlds.
“I tried to do my best today and it was definitely a special win today for me after not having a perfect season with an injury which yeah, didn’t really allow me to you know go as hard as I wanted to in races and coming, yeah coming to the world championship and being able to really show your best is, yeah couldn’t be better and that’s why, that’s why I’m really happy with this performance,” Ryf said after the win.
Ryf says she plans on celebrating her win by eating a little southern fried chicken.
The men’s round starts Sunday.